Mental health at work is everyone’s business

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Recent surveys report that six in ten Canadian workers report that work is their main source of stress 1 and 45% have considered leaving their jobs for this reason 2 . While one-quarter of Canadians reported that they had already been sick because of workplace stress, it was estimated that about 70% of the costs related to disability claims were attributable to stress. On this International Workers’ Day, the Mental Health Movement Quebec wants to help reduce these alarming figures by proposing “? 7 tricks to recharge? ” A series of tips and strategies that will help improve the psychological well-being of workers by acting as a preventive measure. These tricks and give the kickoff of the National Mental Health Week , to be held from 1 st to 7 May 2017, and marks the beginning of an annual campaign to promote mental health.

“? While a large majority of Quebeckers are fully aware of the importance of giving themselves time to take care of their physical health, yet too few of them regularly agree on their health Mental health and that of others , explains Mathieu Quesnel, actor and spokesperson for the Mental Health Movement Quebec. On the other hand, it is important to realize that mental health is the business of an entire society. If you take time for yourself, but you have to take care of a child or a parent with a disability with little support and your workplace imposes a framework that puts you in a state of imbalance,

Possible solutions for managers

“? Fortunately, with the new National Standard of Canada on health and psychological safety in the workplace and many research stating that promotes mental health, we now have important levers for action, says Renee Ouimet, Director of the Mental Health Movement Quebec . For example, the Salveo study, which evaluated sixty-three management practices, concludes that investments in management practices that help prevent mental health problems are bearing fruit. When adjustments are made to modify practices related to job design, job demands, rewards, physical activity and work-life balance,?

Moreover, as mentioned by the OECD, work can have positive effects on mental health by increasing the sense of social inclusion, status, identity and self-esteem. Work can be a healing island when life is difficult at home and vice versa. When our work makes sense, the tasks are not oversized, we feel recognized, our skills are put to the benefit of all, it is possible to continue training, it helps to recharge our pile Of inner well-being. This well-being will be reflected in our life as a relative, friend, neighbor and citizen.

“? To achieve a beneficial balance, changes must be made at all levels. One has to ask what can be done personally, with the work team, with the management team, with the union and with the Standards, Equity, Health and Safety Work, ” says Ouimet.

Launching tools to reload at work

In order to contribute to this well-being, the Mental Health Movement Quebec has developed valuable tools for 12 to 128 year olds. By visiting , it is possible to download tools such as solo or group activity cards, a webinar and a calendar for workplaces that offers various courses of action to be done as a team , All in connection with the “? 7 tricks to recharge” .

In addition, throughout the year, people will be invited to attend presentations by invited speakers and experts who will be able to exchange on the Movement’s Facebook page on topics related to “? 7 tips to recharge . The Mental Health Movement Quebec and several of its member organizations also offer workplace conferences.

About the Mental Health Movement Quebec

The Mental Health Movement Quebec and its 12 member organizations is the only network that brings together Quebec’s forces active in the promotion and prevention of psychological well-being. It aims to ensure that individuals and communities have the capacity and resources to maintain and improve their mental health. The National Mental Health Week campaign is supported by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Morneau Shepell and Capsana.

Source: Mental Health Movement Quebec